Three teams represent Matlock at British Masters Cross Country Relays at Long Eaton

Jim Thorneycroft
Jim Thorneycroft

Matlock Athletic Club sent three teams to the British Masters Cross Country Relays at Long Eaton on Saturday.

The ladies race of three two-mile laps started the day, and the Matlock LV45/55 trio of Nicky Dick, Tessa Whittaker and Karen Morley finished in fourth place.

Their time of 44m 55secs was less than 90 seconds off the bronze medal position and they can all take great pride with their times - 13m 32s, 15m 41s and Karen 15m 42s respectively.

The men’s race used the same two mile course and the Matlock MV35/45 team claimed a highly creditable seventh place in the ‘young’ veterans category, and they bagged a few high profile scalps in the process by finishing in front of quality teams from Birchfield Harriers, Coventry Godiva and Heanor RC. Everyone in the team put in a great shift as Peter Wilmot recorded 11m 46s for his leg, Craig Allen 11m 32s, Andy Lessiter 11m 42s, Chris Hallas 12m 8s and Ian Phillips 10m 1s as he scorched round the anchor leg to one fastest times of the day.

The third team competed in the MV55/65 category and the quartet of Anthony Marchington, Andy Whittaker, John Hurley and Jim Thorneycroft finished in ninth place with 12m 17s, 12m 21s, 12m 29s and 12m 57s respectively.

This National event is very competitive and with a couple of MACs prominent male runners moving into the MV35 category next year there’s no reason MAC can’t be back with a greater number of teams next year.

It was a pleasant Autumnal day for the Worksop Half Marathon on Sunday.

Leading the MACs home was Matt Haywood in 96th place in 1.25.34. Simon Croft 1.28.47, Andrew Hall 1.39.42, Steve Holt 1.46.04, Katie Haywood 1.47.53, Louisa Boam 1.59.19, Mark Jackson 2.06.36 and Tessa Brough 2.06.37.

The winner as last year was Stuart Spencer in 1.09.31.

Clumber Park Off-Road Duathlon took place on Saturday 17th October.

MAC’s John Webster made the most of his mountain bike and cyclo-cross training to take first male junior, just a few seconds behind Eugene Grant, who won first male 45-50 age group.

Christine Howard had a couple of good runs and a rather more tentative bike leg to get first female 45-50 age group.

Meanwhile Nicky Dick scored second female in the 50-55 age group.

The MAC team spirit extends to next week when the National Cross Country Relays take place in Mansfield on 31st October and MAC are entering at least four squads.

Squads: U13 Girls - Lizzie Webster, Ellie Wilson, Michaela Dick; U15 Girls - Ava Holden, Elsbeth Grant, Lilly Phillips; Senior Ladies - three to race from Christine Howard, Karen Morley, Jade Stone, Nicky Dick; Senior Men - four from Colin Davenport, Zak Hodgkinson, Anthony Marchington, Peter Wilmot, Andrew Sheldon, Karl Webster.